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  • UCC appoints Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health

    06 Apr 2021
    UCC appoints Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health
    • Chief Scientist at the National Suicide Research Foundation and World Health Organization Expert Advisor appointed to new UCC position.

    • Demand for public mental health and suicide prevention has been greater than ever due to Covid-19 pandemic, expert says.

    University College Cork (UCC) has announced the appointment of Ireland’s first Professor of Public Mental Health, with Ella Arensman taking up the role with immediate effect.

    Prof Arensman, who will continue in her current role as Chief Scientist at the National Suicide Research Foundation (NSRF), will lead important and groundbreaking research on suicide and self-harm within UCC’s School of Public Health.

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  • Funding awarded for projects that encourage interest in STEM

    22 Mar 2021
    Funding awarded for projects that encourage interest in STEM

    A project to unlock and showcase Ireland’s fossil heritage, a community led climate action project and research into the microbiome of Irish Travellers are among the seven UCC research projects awarded funding today through the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Discover Programme. 

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  • UCC launches unique programme to help students tackle transition to third level life and learning

    22 Mar 2021
    UCC launches unique programme to help students tackle transition to third level life and learning

    UCC has developed a unique new programme designed to help school students make the transition to third level.

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  • University College Cork rolls out unique COVID-19 App

    11 Mar 2021
    University College Cork rolls out unique COVID-19 App

    UCC has developed a COVID-19 Tracker and Day Pass App to help protect its students, staff and wider community.  

    Upon the checking of COVID-19 symptoms the app generates a pass for on campus attendance. The app is not compulsory, but staff and students are strongly encouraged to download and use the app ahead of planned visits to campus. 

    The app was initially developed by Dr Michael Byrne, Head of UCC Student Health, in conjunction with UCC’s IT Services, to enable UCC’s healthcare students to safely attend their clinical work placements. Those students used the app daily to feed back on their symptoms/lack of symptoms, with UCC Student Health monitoring the data and reacting appropriately as and where necessary.

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  • Leading scientist appointed to spearhead research and innovation at UCC

    10 Mar 2021
    Leading scientist appointed to spearhead research and innovation at UCC

    One of the world's leading scientists has been appointed to spearhead research and innovation at University College Cork.

    Professor John F. Cryan, a neuroscientist who is recognised as a global leader in the study of gut-brain interactions, will assume the position of Vice President for Research & Innovation at UCC, having been selected after a competitive process.

    Prof. Cryan’s ground-breaking discoveries on microbiome-brain interactions have led to fundamental changes in understandings in both the neuroscience and psychiatry fields. Through his research in the APC Microbiome Ireland SFI Research Centre at UCC, Prof. Cryan was recently listed as among the world’s top one percent of most-cited researchers, for the fifth time.

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  • UCC, MTU, and industry launches €8.7m Health & Life Sciences educational hub

    04 Mar 2021
    UCC, MTU, and industry launches €8.7m Health & Life Sciences educational hub

    UCC and MTU announce holistic education for enterprise, with Industry leaders such as Boston Scientific, Janssen, Pfizer, Sanmina, Stryker, Laya Health, DPS, Vodafone, SOSV.

    The College of Medicine and Health, UCC, today announced the launch of The iEd Hub, which represents a consortium featuring Cork’s leading universities University College Cork (UCC) and Munster Technological University (MTU), enterprise stakeholders, and leading industries in the Health & Life Sciences sector.

    Funded by €8.7 million awarded under the Government’s Human Capital Initiative Programme (HCI), the novel iEd partnership aims to deliver an innovative approach to education for enterprise. The curriculum content and mode of delivery will be designed and developed in conjunction with these industry partners, and will meet current and projected priority skills needs across Ireland’s economy. 

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  • UCC ranked one of the world’s top universities for the study of 20 subjects

    03 Mar 2021
    UCC ranked one of the world’s top universities for the study of 20 subjects

    UCC has been named as one of the world’s top universities for the study of 20 subjects, according to the latest edition of the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject. We are also delighted to reveal that UCC has ranked in the top 50 universities for one discipline and top 100 for two further disciplines.

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  • UCC Researcher leads €3.2M air quality project

    05 Nov 2020
    UCC Researcher leads €3.2M air quality project

    A University College Cork-led research project has received €3.2m in European funding to develop a more cost effective way to measure air pollution.

    It is hoped that the research team, drawn from industry and academia and coordinated by UCC, will bring about the creation of low cost electrical sensors for detecting harmful particles in the atmosphere, and that these devices can be subsequently deployed on airplanes, ships and other platforms to monitor air quality.

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  • University College Cork appoints its first female Head of the College Of Science, Engineering, and Food Science

    22 Feb 2021
    University College Cork appoints its first female Head of the College Of Science, Engineering, and Food Science

    University College Cork is delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Sarah Culloty as Head of the College of Science, Engineering and Food Science, following a competitive search process.

    Prof. Culloty has had a distinguished career to date which has seen her head up UCC’s School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES) and serve as a Director of the Environmental Research Institute.

    A native of Firies, Co. Kerry, Prof. Culloty now leads a team of 600 academic and research staff, and over 5,000 students. The College generates 1,200 STEM-enabled graduates annually, and plays a significant role in the advancement of STEM - both in Ireland and around the world.

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  • UCC-Led Research Team Awarded €3.5 million To Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

    15 Feb 2021
    UCC-Led Research Team Awarded €3.5 million To Turn Waste Heat into Electricity

    A University College Cork-led research project has received €3.5m in EU funding to develop a revolutionary way of converting waste heat into electricity.

    One of only 58 projects to be funded under the EU’s latest Horizon 2020 EIC Pathfinder Open pilot programme (formally FET-Open), the ambitious project will draw on the expertise of scientists from Ireland, Germany, Latvia, and Spain.

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